On Faith & Work
If you're like us, starting up a business can be downright intimidating. Pro-formas, business plans, pitch decks, market research, where do you even start? There are a wealth of resources available for first-time entrepreneurs and for entrepreneurs who are specifically setting out to have a social and/or missional impact.
We have found it helpful and necessary to not only learn the hard skills that are essential to running a successful business but to also, at the same time, take a deeper look at our own theology and philosophy of work. Entering into business with deeper insight and understanding will go a long way in affecting change in our communities and our marketplaces in a relevant way that will hopefully have a long-lasting and positive impact. Here are a few valuable resources that have helped us to understand the role that our jobs play in the scope of God's global work.
The Theology of Work Bible Commentary is a fantastic resource that was developed in order to help to help us understand how the whole Bible affirms the dignity of our professions. Beyond that, the commentary also helps to understand how to work in a way that is glorifying to God and loving to others. For the past year I have been reading the commentary alongside of the Bible in my quiet time. It has caused the Bible to have new relevance for me and has given me a greater glimpse of the freedom we have in Christ. You can purchase a hard copy of the commentary on Amazon, but the commentary is also available for free online.
Tim Keller is the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and has done a lot of work on connecting our work to God's work. He is also the founder of the Center for Faith and Work and you can find many of his sermons online. His book, Every Good Endeavour, is one of the best resources to give a foundational overview on the effect that sin has on our work and how the gospel completely changes the narrative.
One of the best resources for ongoing content on faith and work is the blog of The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics (TIFWE). The blog's landing page starts with a foundational video called "Freedom to Flourish" and then opens up to reveal a plethora of posts with very practical advice on how to do good work according to the pattern laid out in the Bible. TIFWE also has a weekly e-newsletter that highlights new content on the blog.